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Benzopheneone-3: 6% maximum from September 3, 2017

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Regulation 2017/238 of 10 February 2017, published in Official Journal of the European Union on 11 February, amends Annex VI (UV-filters) of Cosmetics Regulation 1223/2009, to reduce the maximum authorized concentration of Benzopheneone-3 in cosmetic products from 10% to 6%.

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The whereas of regulation 2017/238

(1) The Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (‘SCCS’), concluded in its opinion of 16 December 2008 that the use of Benzophenone-3 as a UV-filter at a concentration of up to 6% w/w in cosmetic sunscreen products and up to 0,5% w/w in all types of cosmetic products to protect the formulation does not pose a risk to human health, apart from its contact allergenic and photo-allergenic potential.

(2) Consequently, the current maximum concentration of 10% w/w for Benzophenone-3 used as a UV-filter in cosmetic products should be decreased to 6% w/w.

(3) Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009 should therefore be amended accordingly.

(4) The application of the new maximum concentration should be deferred to allow the industry to make the necessary adjustments to product formulations. In particular, undertakings should be granted six months from the entry into force of this Regulation to take the necessary measures to place on the market compliant products and to stop making available products already placed on the market that do not comply with the new maximum concentration.

(5) The measures provided for in this Regulation are in accordance with the opinion of the Standing Committee on Cosmetic Products.

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